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Attended a Screening of “Salam Neighbor”

Went to a screening of “Salam Neighbor”; a documentary film about a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

Photo: Chatta Duangsuwan

Attended a screening of “Salam Neighbor” at the Chiang Mai University Art Center. The award-winning documentary provides a glimpse into Za’atari, a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan; resembling a small town separated into arrondissements and interconnected via a dirt road network. Main street is colloquially referred to as the “Champs-Élysées”.

The film is well-made; capturing some of the stories and raw emotions of those forced to relocate from their homes in war-torn Syria. The star of the film is Raouf, a ten-year-old boy who is very amiable but nonetheless traumatized by the bombings and fightings in his home country.

“Salam Neighbor” was directed by Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, both of whom also attended the screening and answered questions afterwards. The event was organized by the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at Chiang Mai University, in concert with RCSD and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai.

By Boripat Lebel

Boripat Lebel is a research coordinator at the Unit for Social and Environmental Research at Chiang Mai University. He authored the eBook “A Vomit of Diamonds.” Boripat can also be found on LinkedIn .